Founded in 1998, Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods & Oils actually started much earlier. Company co-founders aligned with farmers and academics in the early 1990ís to create the Manitoba Hemp Alliance. In 1995, the Alliance successfully secured government permission and funding to plant hemp trials. The experimental trials helped alleviate misconceptions regarding industrial hemp, gained government support, and caught the interest of the trade. By the time the government act forbidding hemp crops was up for renewal in 1998, there was plenty of evidence to support why industrial hemp should be legalized in Canada. Manitoba Harvest was born immediately after industrial hemp was legalized.
The company started small. The focus clear - manufacture the highest quality hemp food products while educating people on the nutritional benefits of hemp foods. Fresh hemp oil and shelled hemp seeds were sold at local retailers and farmerís markets. Through grassroots marketing, Manitoba Harvest grew and in 2001 was preparing its first shipment to the United States. At the same time the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) began a campaign to make sales of hemp foods illegal in the United States. The Hemp Industries Association (HIA), along with hemp food companies Ė including Manitoba Harvest, took the DEA to court. Three years later HIA and its allies won.
The three year ban and court battle was a major hurdle that slowed, but did not deter Manitoba Harvestís growth. To support hemp foods launch in the United States, Manitoba Harvestís CEO hit the road conducting small in-store demos, exhibiting at consumer events and educating anyone who would listen. Today, Manitoba Harvest is the largest vertically integrated hemp food manufacturer in the world.
Manitoba Harvest controls every aspect of the production process. From sourcing crops, to food processing to packaging and distribution, Manitoba Harvest holds itself to the highest operational standards. Manitoba Harvest partners direct with hemp farmers to source the raw, non-genetically modified hemp seed. The pre-screened farmers deliver direct to Manitoba Harvestís facility, creating a closed-loop sourcing system. Products are made fresh in-house at Manitoba Harvestís state-of-the-art kosher and organic certified* facility. Manitoba Harvest also goes through voluntary audits and certifications to ensure we lead the market in quality assurance.
Based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Manitoba Harvestís market reach extends across North America, Europe and Asia. Manitoba Harvest strives to manufacture the highest quality hemp food products, to educate on the nutritional & environmental benefits of hemp, and to support sustainability in all that they do.
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